Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
Presents Plaque to
Representative Matt Hudson
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida executive director, Kevin Lindberg, presents a plaque of appreciation from the Florida Epilepsy Alliance to District 80 State Representative Matt Hudson, R-Naples.
Representative Hudson serves as Florida’s chairman of the health care appropriations subcommittee which helps to determine Florida Department of Health funding levels.
This year’s healthy state budget meant an increase in funding for epilepsy programs throughout the state.
Cape Coral Girl Scouts
Give “Hope” and Kinship to a Three Year Old Girl with Epilepsy
Girl Scout Troops 102 and 463 are making a BIG impact because of a small girl named Greilyn. Greilyn has epilepsy and has endured over 300 seizures, her first seizure at only two weeks old rendering her legally blind. While Greilyn has a wonderful family and support system behind her, she never expected the sisterhood of girls to rally around her and her story.
Greilyn’s sister is a part of Cape Coral Girl Scout Troop 102. She shared with the girls about her sister and the troop decided to learn about epilepsy. They had a nurse come in to speak about what happens to the brain with a seizure. A volunteer of the troop also suffers from epilepsy and gave girls an emotional look at what it feels like to live with the disease. A service dog trainer came in and spoke to the girls about the process of training and how a service dog helps people with epilepsy.
They also bonded with Greilyn and were moved by her story. The girls felt a special kinship with her. They loved to see her smile and make her giggle. The girls of Troop 102 got an idea that would change Greilyn’s life… they wanted to use some money from the cookie sale to help get Greilyn a service dog, something that will immensely improve the quality of life. And the cookie campaign, “Hope for Greilyn” (Hope is the dog’s name) came to life. Troop 463 also jumped onto the campaign. They made t-shirts in purple (Greilyn’s favorite color and the color that represents Epilepsy Awareness), the cookie booths were made in purple with signs of support, pictures, and their goal to bring “Hope” to her. In the end, the girls succeeded. Troop 102 sold a whopping 17,000 boxes of cookies and were able to donate $1,000 for Hope to Greilyn. Troop 463 donated $670 of their cookie money. They had a special check presentation party to celebrate this.
Cape Coral Girl Scouts of Troops 102 and 463, and now other Girl Scouts have learned to love and appreciate those who struggle. They have learned that through their hard work, they have the ability to be a part of something that can change someone’s life to forever. This experience is certainly something they will carry with them through life.
About Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.: Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves over 7,500 girls in ten counties including: Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida visit www.gsgcf.org.
Bowes Imaging Center
Donates Services to Epilepsy Services
Bowes Imaging Centers of Sarasota and Bradenton will provide magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on a pro-bono basis for Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida (ESSWFL).
ESSWFL is a not-for-profit organization providing low or no cost medical services and case management to uninsured adults with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders affecting millions of people in a variety of ways and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type and severity.
The program typically enables a client access through its clinics, to a local neurologist who may require the information obtained from an MRI to make a diagnosis and treat the epilepsy in the most effective way possible. “Whenever we receive a contribution like this it helps us close the gap between the number of people who qualify and require our service and the number of people we can actually serve,” said ESSWFL executive director Kevin Lindberg.
ESSWFL serves about 300 clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties but in past years has had client waiting lists. When people with epilepsy do not get treated, they most often end up in the hospital emergency room. A high percentage of patients can control or even eliminate their seizures with the correct treatments and medication. “We have the capability to assist a group of people who need assistance, we support the work of Epilepsy Services and this is a small way we can give something back,” said Nathan Bowes, CEO of Bowes Imaging Centers.